It’s time to retire the razor – for this month, anyway.
Men in GFI’s Dundee and Edinburgh offices started a 30-day journey on November 1 to hide their upper lip. It’s all in the name of building “mo-mentum” for Movember, an annual worldwide challenge to raise awareness and money for multiple men’s health issues.
Grow the ’stache and collect the cash. Fundraising by “Mo Bros” plays an important role in efforts to wipe out prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems – the way a razor removes the whisker.
According to the Movember website:
Movember challenges men to grow a moustache for the 30 days of November, thereby changing their appearance and the face of men’s health.
In October, Mo Bros sign up at Movember.com, and on the 1st of Movember, with a clean-shaven face, start their Mo growing journey.
Mo Bros become walking, talking conversation-starters for these serious illnesses. And similar to a charity race/walk, they ask family and friends to sponsor their ’stache-growing efforts.
They’re not alone either. “Mo Sistas” are also making a difference. They don’t grow real mustaches, though they do the next-best thing: They sport fake mustaches, but seek sponsors all the same.
Movember started in 2003, originating in Melbourne, Australia. Since then, more than three million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas in 21 countries have participated. Last year, more than a million men and women joined the movement.
GFI’s Mo Bros include Salvatore Carida (team captain), Andy Kirkham, David Henderson, Gerry O’Donnell, Hamish Wood, Iain Iveson, Iain Mackay, Martin Mackay, Nick Reid, Peter Gordon, Ricardo Freixo and Sebastian Meier zu Biesen as well as Mo Sista Ashley Russell.